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GALLERY » Vassyl Khmeluk (1903 - 1986)
 
  • Still Life: Flowers in a Vase, oil on cardboard, 37 x 35.5 cm. Parke Bernet Auction Label, verso
    Still Life: Flowers in a Vase, oil on cardboard, 37 x 35.5 cm. Parke Bernet Auction Label, verso
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  • Smiling Man in a Hat, gouache on paper, 41.5 х 27 сm
    Smiling Man in a Hat, gouache on paper, 41.5 х 27 сm
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  • French Village, 1948, oil on board, 23 x 35.4 cm. Signed and dated lower right.
    French Village, 1948, oil on board, 23 x 35.4 cm. Signed and dated lower right.
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Artist's Bio

Vassyl Khmeluk was born in 1903 in the village of Berezivka, near Zhmeryanka. He studied at Krakiv Art Academy (1921-1923) in the studio of Yaronsky. Visited Prague in 1921 where he later studied at Karlov University (1926-1927). In 1926 Khmeluk published a book “Hin” (Гін) with his poetry. In 1930’s he moved to Paris where he held his first exhibition at the Galerie de L’Atelier Francais in 1931 along with Mykola Krychevsky and Vasyl Perebyinis. In 1959 Khmeluk married his Spanish model, Marie. The same year they both moved to a famous artistic house Monmartre aux Artistes. In 1972 the artist exhibited in New York. The artist died in Paris in 1986.

Like fellow Ukrainian artist Oleksa Hryshchenko, Vassyl Khmeluk (usually called professionally as simply Khmeluk) developed a style which was influenced by Cezanne in its construction of form and explored color in the expressionist manner of Georges Roualt, evolving from the Fauves dark outlines and bold color in patterns reminiscent of stained glass. He used his unique style in a variety of genres, including landscapes, still-lifes, and portraits. Charles Kunstler, a noted art historian, has called him, a poet, a musician of color, while French critic F.H. Lem termed him simply one of the best artists of his generation.

 

 

 
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